England Favourites To Be Champions League Winning Nationality

England Favourites To Be Champions League Winning Nationality
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After the first leg ties in the last 16 of the Champions League four of the five English teams in the competition are favourites to progress. Chelsea are outsiders to qualify for the last eight as they are only taking a 1-1 score into their second leg away to Barcelona.  If they can defy the odds all but three teams in the quarter-finals will be Premier League clubs and at least two must meet in the next round.

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This season was the first time that five clubs from the same country played in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Four qualifiers made it based on their league placing. Manchester United qualified by winning the Europa League. It is unprecedented for four of the quarter-finals to play in the same league. It is inevitable that there will be a blockbuster Premier League tie and it could be in the final. Chelsea were the last English club to win the Champions League, in 2010-11.


Teams from the same league are kept apart in the draw for the last 16. That means the five English clubs can progress but Chelsea are up against it to win the tie. In theory the four semi-finalists could be Premier League outfits and that would be another unique outcome. English clubs dominated the old European Cup in the late 70s and early 80’s and there was another period of dominance at the end of the oughties. From 2005 to 2011 the Premier League club provided 8 of the 14 finalists.

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England is the clear favourite to be the Champions League winning nationality. The rest of the last 16 is made up of three teams from Spain, two from Italy and one each from Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal, Turkey and Ukraine. PSG, Roma and Bayern Munich are the probable qualifiers from the last 16 ties not involving an English club. Real Madrid have won the Champions League in the last two years and Juventus have been the losing finalists in two of the last three years.


Liverpool have a five goal lead for their home leg against Porto so they are through. Manchester United need to beat Sevilla at Old Trafford to progress after a goal less draw in the first match. Tottenham came from two down to draw in Juventus so also need a win to move forward to the last eight. Manchester City beat Basel 4-0 in Switzerland so the second leg at home is a forgone conclusion. The clean sweep could be one but one team might let the side down.


Chelsea must beat Barcelona or secure a high-scoring draw to win that tie. It looks like four out of five Premier League clubs will be in the draw for the quarter-finals. In theory the four clubs could be kept apart but in an open draw the odds on that happening are very high. All roads are leading to the final in Kiev and at least one Premier League club should have qualified for that fixture.

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